FROM Dylan Scott
Trump rolls back birth control rule The Trump Administration has issued " final rules " relaxing the so-called "contraception mandate" required by Obamacare. More than a half million women could be affected by a change that might or might not pass muster in the federal courts. Dylan Scott, who reports on health policy for Vox , says broad exemptions will make it much easier for businesses and institutions not to cover free contraception.
Republicans' final stand on Obamacare repeal It looks like a familiar scenario is repeating itself in the US Senate, with Republicans taking one more shot at Obamacare. But the latest bill , by Senators Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy, is not the same as the one defeated when John McCain dramatically turned his thumb down in the early hours one recent morning. Republican Lindsey Graham proposes funding Medicaid with block grants to the states, legislation that liberal Democrat Elizabeth Warren calls , "just another version of the same old cruel, heartless, shameless plan that the Republicans have spent the last eight months trying to jam down the throats of the American people." Dylan Scott, who covers healthcare for Vox , says Republicans are staring at a September 30 deadline, after which repeal will be very difficult.
Trump leans hard on Senate Republicans Republican senators went to the White House today for a lunch meeting with President Trump. On the menu was a strategy discussion about health care legislation. It came a day after their sudden, unexpected failure to pass a health care bill to replace Obamacare and even their attempt to just repeal the law. Dylan Scott, who covers health care for Vox , says Trump's inconsistency hasn't made things any easier for senators who are trying to bridge a wide partisan gap.
Alaska cures Obamacare Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion last year. Then the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare. As a result, the jump in health insurance premiums went up only 7 percent in 2017, instead of the expected 42 percent. Other states are considering trying out Alaska’s plan.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.